ACC's Top 25 player countdown: No. 23

No. 23. Anthony Allen, B-back, Georgia Tech

2009 numbers: He had 64 carries for 618 yards and six touchdowns. He also had five catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Allen: He had a whopping 9.7 yards per carry last year and is expected to take over the B-back position vacated by Jonathan Dwyer. Allen should have no problem becoming the Jackets’ next 1,000-yard rusher, and it’s not only a product of the system. He’s tough to tackle and has rushed for 1,728 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career, including 1,102 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two collegiate seasons at Louisville.

No. 24: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

No. 25: Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College